It wasn’t a top of the line model, not by any means. But it was good enough to view up close that mysterious glowing sphere in the sky.
I was mesmerized. Completely.
Practically every night, I’d press my eye to the scope, view the different moon cycles and … well … dream! :)
Thirty-some years later, the moon still stirs feelings of awe and wonder in me.
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That’s why I geeked out when I discovered the Deluxe Moon app for iPhone (affiliate link) and immediately purchased the pro version.
This app is soooooo beautiful. Seriously! If you don’t believe me, you can watch my demo of it here:
But the video doesn’t do it justice. Deluxe Moon by Lifeware Solutions has a gorgeous interface, which I found to be fairly intuitive. It only takes a few minutes of tapping around the screen to realize what a useful app this is.
It’s a bit like having the moon in your pocket!
- The day’s date
- Current time
- Moon phase and its percentage
- Your location
- Time since moonset
- Time until moonrise
- Precise time the moon will set that night
- Precise time the moon will rise that night
- Moon age
- Zodiac sign
From the home screen, you are only one click away from additional information like a moon forecast and planting recommendations as well as help, options and main menus.
For an abbreviated main menu, simply tap on the moon itself. For the full main menu, tap the menu button on the bottom right to get these tools:
- Moon data
- Sun/Moon eclipses
- Zodiac circle
- Rise/Set time
- Phase calendar
- RSS for space news
In fact, if it’s too many tools at your fingertips, you can use the “Add to iCal” button to import most of this information into your online calendar so you don’t have to think about it again… it’s just there when you need it! Personally, I love that option as it helps me plan around the moon cycles without constantly Googling “When is the full moon?” or similar questions.
If you give the app permission to know your location, the app will tailor information to you geographically, including the awesome compass feature. Did you see how that works in the video I posted above? Pretty cool, right?
Another feature that stands out to me is the RSS feed.
RSS is dead to some folks, but I still get excited when it’s thoughtfully included in applications. The Deluxe Moon RSS is preset with four NASA feeds and one for the European Space Agency. The cool thing is you can add your own URLS to this function and pull in the feeds of your favorite moon/space websites.
Is it worth the price tag?
I love the moon. It captivated me as a child and still does today as an adult. So, to me, the Deluxe Moon app is worth its regular $7.99 USD price for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. It’s packed with great features and comes with a beautiful interface. Even though I don’t use this app every day, I still find wonderful value in it.
Sometimes the developers drop the price of this wonderful app, too. I’ve seen it as low as $2.99 USD, so if you see it at that price again… grab it!
You can download the Deluxe Moon app here:
If the pro version isn’t in your budget, you can always purchase Deluxe Moon Standard for $1.99 in the App Store.
Deluxe Moon also is available for Android over at Google Play.
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Do you use this app? What are your favorite features? If you don’t use Deluxe Moon, what moon cycle apps do you like? Leave a comment and let me know, or join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.